Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog of Match 45 between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and  and Rising Pune Supergiants of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016 at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens on Saturday. I am Kaustubh S. Mayekar, and I will bring you all the live updates and scores from this cracker of a contest. In the previous contest between these two teams, KKR edged past RPS by 2 wickets, thanks to Suryakumar Yadav’s swashbuckling half-century. However, RPS have won only 3 out of their 11 contests and will not play in the Playoffs. In fact, this is the first time an MS Dhoni-led team will not feature in the top four. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rising Pune Supergiants, IPL 2016, Match 45 at Kolkata

Live cricket score update | Kolkata Knight Riders 66/2 | 5 overs | Yusuf Pathan 37 (18), Manish Pandey 15 (10): Adam Zampa into the attack. DOT, quicker one to start with, Pandey cut its straight to point. 5 WIDES, Dhoni couldn’t read the wrong un well. ONE, Pandey gives strike to Pathan. ONE, Pathan nudges it on the off side for a quick single. ONE, Pandey tucks it away, easy pickings. Scores are level. ONE, that’s it, KKR win by 8 wickets (D/L method).

Live cricket score update | Kolkata Knight Riders 66/2 | 4 overs | Yusuf Pathan 36 (14), Manish Pandey 13 (7): Murugan Ashwin into the attack. ONE, width on offer, misfield at extra cover, KKR steal a single. DOT, width again, Pathan fails to find a gap. WIDE, down the leg side. FOUR, edged past short third man, wanted to go over covers, handy runs. WIDE, down the leg side again, Murugan has to get his wrong uns right. DOT, relief for Murugan. SIX, Yusuf Pathan is on a rampage, bludgeons it over long off. One ball to go. 9 needed off 31. DOT to finish the over.

Live cricket score update | Kolkata Knight Riders 44/2 | 3 overs | Yusuf Pathan 26 (10), Manish Pandey 12 (6): Ashwin to continue. SIX, Pathan scythes a flighted ball over wide long on. ONE, Pathan shuffles, Ashwin follows him and bowls a quicker one, good bowling. ONE, Pandey sweeps it powerfully to deep square leg. SIX more, pitched up, Pathan goes down town, that’s a might, might blow. FOUR, Pathan sweeps past square leg, he wants finish business early, he’s in no non-sense mood. FOUR, this is carnage, 22 runs off it.

Live cricket score update | Kolkata Knight Riders 22/2 | 2 overs | Yusuf Pathan 6 (5), Manish Pandey 11 (5): Dinda into the attack. DOT, Pathan tries to nudge on the off side of a quick single. FOUR, pulled on the front foot by Pathan, that didn’t bounce much, went past mid on. ONE, Pathan guides it to third man. TWO, width on offer, Pandey cuts past backward point. FOUR, shaped away, too much width on offer, Pandey edges it past the keeper. TWO to finish the over.

Live cricket score update | Kolkata Knight Riders 9/2 | 1 over | Yusuf Pathan 1 (2), Manish Pandey 3 (2): R Ashwin to start the proceeding for RPS. Robin Uthappa on strike. FOUR, what a start for KKR, Uthappa punches back of length to cover point. OUT, Ashwin draws first blood, beats Uthappa in flight, he gets stumped, Dhoni makes no mistake. THREE, tossed up, Pandey plays a lovely cover drive. OUT, another one bites the dust, that one did not spin much, Gambhir gets trapped in he front, out on a golden duck. DOT, loud appeal for LBW, that looked plumb, carom ball almost got the better of Yusuf Pathan. DOT to finish the over.

OUT! Robin Uthappa st Dhoni b Ashwin 4 (1)

OUT! Gautam Gambhir lbw b Ashwin 0 (1)

The umpires have decided to resume the game at 11:45 pm. Now that we have lost overs, KKR will bat and chase 66 runs in 9 overs (D/L).

Live cricket score update | Rising Pune Supergiants 103/6 | Overs 17.4 overs | MS Dhoni 7 (18), R Ashwin 0 (4): Narine to Dhoni. Two back-to-back DOT deliveries. DOT again, Dhoni not willing play a risky shot. ONE, pitched up, Dhoni plays it to long on. Oh, it has started raining. We’ll be back with live updates.

Bad news! It has stopped raining and we might witness one of the boring matches of IPL. Inspection at 10:45. By the way, do you have any idea why aren’t they airing county matches?

It is still raining and the next inspection will be held at 11:20 pm. However, the chance of play resuming seem bleak.

Live cricket score update | Rising Pune Supergiants 102/6 | Overs 17 | MS Dhoni 7 (18), R Ashwin 0 (4): Chawla to continue. SIX, Perera dances down the track and goes down town. OUT, Chawla tosses up and Perera holes out to long off. DOT, Ashwin defends a length ball. DOT, width on offer, Ashwin opens the face of bat and guides it to point. DOT, wrong ún, Ashwin nicely defends it. DOT to finish the over.

OUT! Thisara Perera c M Pandey b Chawla 13 (11)

Live cricket score update | Rising Pune Supergiants 96/5 | Overs 16 | MS Dhoni 7 (18), Thisara Perera 7 (9): Narine to bowl out. ONE, Dhoni’s dealing in singles. DOT, straight to the fielder. DOT again. DOT, Narine’s building pressure on RPS. ONE, Perera powerfully heaves it to deep mid-wicket. DOT to finish the over.

Live cricket score update | Rising Pune Supergiants 94/5 | Overs 15 | MS Dhoni 6 (16), Thisara Perera 6 (5): Chawla to continue. He starts off with a DOT. ONE, Dhoni shimmies down the track and drives it to long off. DOT, peach of a delivery, beats Thisara’s inside edge. TWO, misfield by Morkel at extra cover, RSP steal two runs. TWO, Perera cuts past point, good placement. DOT to finish the over.

Live cricket score update | Rising Pune Supergiants 84/5 | Overs 14 | MS Dhoni 5 (15), Thisara Perera 2 (1): Narine to continue. ONE, Pathan is dealing in singles. TWO, Dhoni paddle-sweep past the keeper. DOT, appeal for LBW again, it was an inside edge that saved Dhoni. DOT, Dhoni punches it to Narine. OUT, Irfan Pathan sacrifices his wicket for MS Dhoni due to miscommunication. TWO to finish the over.

OUT! Irfan Pathan run out (Chawla) 7 (8)

Live cricket score update | Rising Pune Supergiants 84/4 | Overs 13 | MS Dhoni 5 (10), Irfan Pathan 6 (7): Chawla to continue. ONE, Dhoni drives tossed up ball to long off. ONE, Pathan works it down the ground. TWO, Dhoni punches it to extra cover, misfield allows Dhoni to take a second. ONE, Pathan slaps it to long off. DOT to finish the over!

Live cricket score update | Rising Pune Supergiants 78/4 | Overs 12 | MS Dhoni 1 (6), Irfan Pathan 4 (5): Narine into the attack. ONE, Tiwary works it on the leg side. DOT, Dhoni punches it to cover. DOT, loud shout for LBW, that was very close. ONE, Dhoni works tossed up ball on the leg side, wanted a second, Pathan said No. DOT, Pathan works it straight to the bowler. TWO to finish the over.

Live cricket score update | Rising Pune Supergiants 74/4 | Overs 11 | MS Dhoni 0 (3), Irfan Pathan 1 (2): Piyush Chawla into the attack. THREE, edged and no slip in place, Morkel does well to save a run. ONE, extra bounce surprises Pathan. OUT, Bailey dances down the track and gets deceived by a tossed-up leg cutter, excellent bowling. DOT, MS Dhoni almost had it onto the stumps. DOT, length ball, Dhoni works it to extra cover. DOT to finish the over!

OUT! Georger Bailey st Uthappa b Chawla 33 (27) 

Live cricket score update | Rising Pune Supergiants 70/3 | Overs 10 | George Bailey 30 (25), Irfan Pathan 0 (1): Rajput to continue. ONE, Tiwary flicks it to square leg. TWO, change of pace, Bailey works it on the leg side. ONE, Bailey plays fullish ball to long on. OUT, Rajput gets his first wicket, Tiwary edges slower ball to the keeper. Enter Irfan Pathan. WIDE, sliding down the leg side. ONE, leg byes. ONE to finish the over.

Saurabh Tiwary c Uthappa b Rajpoot 13 (12) 

Live cricket score update | Rising Pune Supergiants 63/2 | Overs 9 | George Bailey 26 (22), Suarabh Tiwary 12 (10): Shakib to continue. SIX, Bailey gives and charge and scythes down town. DOT, Bailey hits straight to the bowler. ONE, Bailey works nicely on the leg side. ONE, Tiwary plays down the ground. ONE, Bailey drives fullish ball to long off. ONE to finish the over.

Live cricket score update | Rising Pune Supergiants 53/2 | Overs 8 | George Bailey 18 (18), Suarabh Tiwary 10 (8): Ankit Rajbut into the attack. ONE, length ball on off, Tiwary takes a quick single. DOT, Bailey works it to mid-wicket. FOUR, inside edge, Bailey has been a tad edgy tonight. ONE, back of length, outside off, Bailey slaps it to deep cover. ONE, Tiwary tucks it away to deep fine leg. ONE to finish the over.

Live cricket score update | Rising Pune Supergiants 45/2 | Overs 7 | George Bailey 12 (14), Suarabh Tiwary 8 (6): Shakib to continue. DOT to start the over. ONE, Bailey plays it down the ground. ONE, tossed up, Tiwary plays it down the ground. ONE, flighted, Bailey heaves it to long on. ONE, on Tiwary’s leg, he works it on the leg side. FOUR, Bailey plays it over cover.

Live cricket score update | Rising Pune Supergiants 37/2 | Overs 6 | George Bailey 6 (10), Suarabh Tiwary 6 (4):Morkel to bowl his 3rd over. DOT to start the over. ONE, short, Tiwary keeps it down to take a quick single.DOT, width on offer, Bailey cuts straight to backward point. FOUR, Bailey plays on the up, that was in the air but in the gap, placed between mid off and extra cover. ONE, Bailey guides it third man. FOUR to finish the over.

Live cricket score update | Rising Pune Supergiants 27/1 | Overs 5 | George Bailey 1 (7), Suarabh Tiwary 1 (1): Shakib into the attack. ONE, Khawaja flicks it on the leg side. ONE, Bailey plays on the leg side. OUT, bowling change has worked, Khawaja holes out to Suryakumar at deep mid-wicket. ONE, Tiwary gets off the mark. DOT, back of length, Bailey spanks it to extra cover. DOT to finish the over!

OUT! Umsan Khawaja c Suryakumar Yadav b Shakib 21 (17)

Live cricket score update | Rising Pune Supergiants 24/1 | Overs 4 | George Bailey 0 (4), Usman Khawaja 20 (15): Morkel to continue. FOUR, Khawaja lofts back of length it over mid on, lovely shot. DOT, Khawaja works it straight to extra cover. DOT, extra bounce baffles Khwaja, loud shout for appeal, and the replay shows he’s nicked it, Umpire got it wrong. ONE, Khawaja heaves it to mid on. DOT, back of length, Bailey defends it to cover point. DOT to finish the over.

Live cricket score update | Rising Pune Supergiants 19/1 | Overs 3 | George Bailey 0 (2), Usman Khawaja 15 (11): Russell to continue. ONE, Rahane guides length ball to third man. FOUR, Khawaja shimmies down the track and spanks it past mid on, sweetly timed. THREE, Khawaja flicks past mid-wicket, excellent fielding in the deep. OUT, inside edge onto the stumps, in-form Rahane departs, huge wicket for KKR. DOT, well directed bouncer by Russell, 142 kmph that clocked, Bailey looks surprised. DOT to finish the over.

OUT! Ajinkya Rahane b A Russell 2 (6)

Live cricket score update | Rising Pune Supergiants 11/0 | Overs 2 | Ajinkya Rahane 1 (4), Usman Khawaja 8 (9): Morne Morkel into the attack. No Ball, that’s a crime, well ahead of the crease. Free Hit + FOUR, short and Khawaja crisply pulls to deep square leg. ONE, Khawaja spanks it to Suryakumar at point, saves a certain boundary, overthrows though. ONE, full and straight, Rahane gets an inside edge, quick single. DOT, play and miss by Khawaja. DOT more, Khawaja works it to mid off. DOT, back of length, outside off, play and a miss again. Good comeback by Morkel.

Live cricket score update | Rising Pune Supergiants 4/0 | Over 1 | Ajinkya Rahane 0 (3), Usman Khawaja 3 (3): Andre Russell to Ajinkya Rahane. ONE, leg byes, huge appeal for LBW, Umpire turns it down, missing leg though. DOT, Khawaja nicely defends back of length ball. TWO, Khawaja tucks it away to deep square leg. ONE, Khawaja guides it to third man, Russell has been bowling with some serious pace. DOT, Russell has been right on the money, length ball outside off, Rahane defends it. ONE to finish the over!

TOSS UPDATE: RPS win toss and elect to bat.

Playing XI:

Rising Pune Supergiants: Ajinkya Rahane, Usman Khawaja, George Bailey, Saurabh Tiwary, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Thisara Perera, Irfan Pathan, Ravichandran Ashwin, Adam Zampa, Murugan Ashwin, Ashok Dinda

Kolkata Knight Riders: Robin Uthappa (wk), Gautam Gambhir (c), Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Morne Morkel, Ankit Rajpoot, Sunil Narine

For KKR to inch closer towards the Playoffs, they will have to grab RPS’ collar and get a win under their belt. However, now that RPS have failed to reach the Playoffs, we might see the benched players in action. And, one of them is likely to be Irfan Pathan. Under MS Dhoni’s captaincy since the last season, Pathan has played only 1 out of 28 contests. Will he play tonight or not, is a question only time can answer.

KKR’s batting line-up has been firing on all cylinders this season; be it Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa at the top order or Yusuf Pathan and Andre Russell in the middle overs, they have been outrageously aggressive against any given team. Hence, it will be an uphill task for RPS bowlers to keep a lid on the runs.

Squads:

Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (c), Kuldeep Yadav, Manish Pandey, Piyush Chawla, Robin Uthappa (wk), Sheldon Jackson, Suryakumar Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Yusuf Pathan, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Brad Hogg, Chris Lynn, Morne Morkel, Shakib Al Hasan. Jaydev Unadkat, Ankit Singh Rajpoot, John Hastings, Jason Holder, Colin Munro, Rajgopal Sathish, Manan Ajay Sharma

Rising Pune Supergiants: Ajinkya Rahane, Usman Khawaja, Saurabh Tiwary, MS Dhoni (wk & c), Thisara Perera, George Bailey, Rajat Bhatia, Ravichandran Ashwin, Adam Zampa, Ashok Dinda, RP Singh, Steven Smith, Albie Morkel, Murugan Ashwin, Irfan Pathan, Ishant Sharma, Peter Handscomb, Jaskaran Singh, Ankit Sharma, Scott Boland, Ishwar Pandey, Deepak Chahar, Baba Aparajith, Ankush Bains

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